masterminds4A film I’m definitely looking forward to checking out is Masterminds, a comedy that hits Blu-ray and DVD January 31st via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The picture didn’t light the world on fire at the box office (just $17 million), but there’s a a few big reasons why this flick might be worth your time.

The picture, which is based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, centers on a group of misfits who make off with $17 million in cash. Zach Galifianakis is David Ghantt, the armored truck driver who is lured into this criminal operation by his work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and her collaborator Steve (Owen Wilson). Jason Sudeikis co-stars as a hitman who is just one of the people who are on David’s trail.

Along with the aforementioned actors, the film also boasts a talented filmmaker in Jared Hess. Although he burst onto the scene with the smash hit Napoleon Dynamite, Hess has a refreshingly eccentric and oftentimes subtle approach to comedy (for evidence, check out his underrated 2015 comedy Don Verdean). Though his narrative style doesn’t always equate with monumental box office success, each of his films have refreshingly been left of center. Hess didn’t pen Masterminds, and it will be interesting to see how he works with material that wasn’t self-generated.

The Blu-ray and DVD come with the featurette “The Imperfect Crime.”

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